2012 NFL Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft post-Scouting Combine (with videos!)

2/28/12 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

11. Kansas City Chiefs, Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

A lot of people speculate that the Chiefs will target an offensive tackle with this pick, but the Chiefs haven't had stability at nose tackle in more than a decade. Kelly Gregg was serviceable last season, but he may retire before the 2012 season. Regardless, he isn't long for the league at this point, so the Chiefs need a successor. Poe was a bit under the radar coming out of Memphis, and people weren't sure what to expect from him at the Combine. Then he went and put on arguably the most impressive performance of anyone. The 6'4" 346 lb. Poe (think automobile-sized) bench pressed 225 lbs. 44 times and ran an unofficial 4.87 40-yard dash. That is absurd. If he had a motor he might not cover that distance in that time. 

12. Seattle Seahawks, Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama

The Seahawks pass rush was non existant last season, so Upshaw, who was the Defensive MVP of Alabama's BCS National Championship victory, should help them there. Upshaw could be used much in the way the Seahawks had envisioned utilizing Aaron Curry, their No. 4 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft who flamed out in Seattle.

13. Arizona Cardinals, Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

This pick remains the same as the January Mock. The Cardinals would like to target a wide receiver here but no receiver after Blackmon and Floyd warrants getting picked at No. 13, especially with the Combine struggles of Kendall Wright and the question marks surrounding Jeffrey. Brockers is good value here. He may not put up huge numbers, but has the versatility to play a five-technique or three-technique tackle.

14. Dallas Cowboys, Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Dallas needs all kinds of help on the offensive line, and snagging Reiff, who could be a top-10 pick, at No. 14 is great value. Last season the Cowboys also went tackle in the first round, grabbing Tyron Smith out of USC No. 9 overall. Smith and Reiff could provide nice anchors for the future of the Cowboys' o-line--though it is unclear who would play right tackle and who would play left tackle.

15. Philadelphia Eagles, Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

This pick remains the same as the January Mock, because it makes perfect sense. The Eagles' linebacker play was subpar in 2011, especially against the run. Kuechly is nothing short of a tackling machine who should sure up that problem. He answered any doubters by running his 40 in the 4.5 range at the Combine. The Eagles could target a pair of Stanford offensive linemen here too, Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro. 

16. New York Jets, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

If DeCastro falls to 16, the Jets may well jump all over him. They've had issues at guard for a few seasons and DeCastro is arguably one of the best guard prospects in years, so he could be drafted in the top-half of the first round despite his position. The Jets could also target Alabama safety Mark Barron here, though Barron's double hernia surgery that held him out of the Combine and could prevent him from participating in Alabama's pro day could potentially damage his stock.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland), Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

This pick remains the same as the January Mock. This draft pick came to Cincy in the Carson Palmer trade, and with the emergence of Andy Dalton last season if the Bengals snag Richardson here you have to think they made out like gangbusters in the trade. Richardson needs very little introduction. He is the best running back in the draft, by far, and will play immediately for Cincinnati.

18. San Diego Chargers, Nick Perry, DE, USC

This pick also remains the same as the January Mock. Perry only helped his cause at the Combine by measuring in at an impressive 6'3" 271 lbs. with 33" arms and 4.64 speed. The question with Perry isn't his measurables, however, it is whether he can put it together on the field. San Diego needs some pass rushing clout, and hopefully for them, Perry can provide it.

19. Chicago Bears, Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

This pick also remains the same as the January Mock. The former Florida Gator Jenkins has created some space between the rest of the corners and established himself as the third best at the position in the draft, and he may be knocking on Claiborne's and Kirkpatrick's doors for Nos. 1 and 2. Jenkins is fast (4.46 40) and has very long arms (32"). He would have been higher on the board if his past marijuana issues weren't hanging over his head. However, the Bears play in a division littered with high-powered offenses, so getting a shutdown corner at No. 19 is incredibly useful.

20. Tennessee Titans, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

While most of Tennessee's o-line issues last season were on the interior line, Martin is by far the best offensive line prospect left on the board here, and the Titans might just jump at the prospect of snagging him. Martin has the versatility to play either tackle position, or perhaps even slide inside if necessary. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals, Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

This pick is a bit of a reach here, but the Bengals have a pretty serious need at cornerback. Don't be surprised if they try to move up with one of their two first round picks and draft Claiborne, Kirkpatrick or Jenkins. Hosley needs to add bulk to stay healthy in the NFL, but has great ball skills and could play immediately as a nickel corner before transitioning outside.

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2/29/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

"The Patriots' pass defense was not good last season."

Also, the sky is blue, water is wet, and bears defecate in the woods.